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Rail supplier news from CRRC, Tealinc, Bowers, Hitachi (Feb. 2)

The 7000-series rail-car prototypes for CTA were manufactured at CRRC's plant on Chicago's southeast side.
Photo – CRRC Sifang America Inc.


CRRC Sifang America Inc. has produced and delivered 10 7000-series passenger rail-car prototypes to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The prototypes were manufactured at CRRC's plant on Chicago's southeast side. The company worked through numerous challenges and global supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to complete the rail-car delivery on schedule, said Marina Popovic, CRRC's human resources director and chief legal counsel, in a press release.

In 2016, CTA awarded the contract to CRRC for 840 of the new 7000 series rail cars, which will replace about half of the agency's current fleet. The prototypes were built using a majority of components sourced from U.S. suppliers, CRRC officials said. After prototype testing is completed, CRRC will transition into production of the next 400 7000-series rail cars, they said. 

Tealinc Ltd. recently announced a revamp of its organizational structure, including the designation of three leads for each division: Kristen Kempson, director of marketing and sales, will focus on marketing the Tealinc brand, support customer equipment needs and facilitate new business development; Shannon Rodgers, director of operations, will lead management of Tealinc owned and managed rail assets to support customers' shipping needs; and Yvonne Lufborough, director of finance and administration, who will lead financial reporting including customer escrow accounting, and accounts payable and receivable.

Bowers Capital Advisors LLC announced it was the exclusive financial adviser to Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway Co. during the short-line operator's sale to Patriot Rail Transportation Co. LLC and Patriot Rail Services Co. The sale was completed Dec. 31, 2020. Bowers Capital handled the valuation, structuring of the transaction, tax planning, and accounting related to the due diligence process.

Hitachi Rail has tested its first battery-powered streetcar in Florence, Italy. The trail involved installing battery packs on an existing Hitachi-build Sirio streetcar. The innovation allows power to be returned to the batteries when the train breaks, reducing the overall amount of energy consumed and protecting the environment, Hitachi Rail officials said in a press release. The development is latest announcement in the company's efforts to expand its zero-carbon offerings to customers. Hitachi recently announced the trial of a battery train in the United Kingdom and delivery of hybrid trains in Italy, having built one of the world's first battery powered train fleets that operates in Japan.